This Christmas I got a box of ‘natural’ products from #sephora from my sister. Being a lotion junkie, I tried them all on – pretty well at once. My face glowed and then very naturally… I broke out in a rash.

My mind says to ‘try everything’ but my skin is sensitive and likes what it likes… aka — my Living Libations oil that I’ve been using for close to five years. But let’s face it – by the end of writing this post. I’ll be older AND I live in Toronto where the current temperature is -10 (that’s not a typo). I NEED MORE hydration and something to give my tired skin a boost. So I turned to wellandgood and dug in to what’s new and trending for 2019. Apparently, it’s #bakuchiol – the wonder plant of #anti-aging. 

From WellandGood:

“Derived from the babchi plant and with its roots in Ayurveda (as an anti-inflammatory treatment for conditions ranging from psoriasis to leprosy) the fun-to-say ingredient (pronounced bah-ku-chee-ol) which is rich in vitamin E, has been shown to reduce photodamage, firm skin, diminish fine lines, and help stimulate collagen, all without causing irritation or photosensitivity, according to New York City dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD.

“Bakuchiol works as an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant.

so it’s also ideal for those who suffer from dry, sensitive skin and can’t tolerate a retinol. Plus, the antibacterial properties of bakuchiol mean that it’s great for those with acne and oily skin,” she says.

With a CV that closely mirrors retinol, it’s among the many, many reasons why the clean beauty market is set to top $25 billion by 2025: People want products that deliver all the perks without compromise. “Safe for all skin types, plant-based antioxidant and antimicrobial bakuchiol has similar benefits to retinol without the irritation making it a pro-aging powerhouse for health skin,” says Jillian Wright, Indie Beauty Expo founder. And Credo founder Annie Jackson echoes this, saying, “I think just about anyone would say yes please to an ingredient that can give you the same results as retinol without the irritation.”

I’m going to give it a try this week and let you know how it goes!  Stay ‘hydrated’ and motivated.